Experts divided on recognizing bitcoins, VN central bank says no

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The Vietnamese government has approved a plan for a legal framework to manage and deal with electronic money, virtual assets and currencies. This has raised hopes that bitcoin and other virtual currencies would be accepted for legal payment in Vietnam.

Vo Minh Hoang, a gamer in HCMC, said bitcoin is being used by gamers all over the world. There are games that allow people to play and receive bitcoins, while other games allow users to buy game products with bitcoins. Continue reading “Experts divided on recognizing bitcoins, VN central bank says no”

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Vietnamese man fined for posting fake news to Facebook

He claimed three crocodiles had been found along a canal in the Mekong Delta

By Tuoi Tre News

September 01,2017, 11:14 GMT+7

​Vietnamese man fined for posting fake news to Facebook
A screenshot of the status update of Pham Van Toan’s Facebook account, which has been deleted
A man in Ca Mau Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, was levied a VND10 million (US$438.4) fine after authorities were notified of fake news being posted from his Facebook account.

The fine was imposed by officials from the provincial Department of Information and Communications on Pham Van Toan, a resident of Thoi Binh Commune, Thoi Binh District.

Toan posted a status on his personal Facebook page under the pseudonym Thanh Toan on August 21 reporting that local residents had sighted three crocodiles along the Zero Thoi Binh Canal at around 11:00 am. Continue reading “Vietnamese man fined for posting fake news to Facebook”

Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries

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Ten rupees Indian banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Ten rupees Indian banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

From South Korea’s presidential scandal to Malaysia’s 1MDB fund, not many Asian countries have been able to avoid the smear of corruption. But just how pervasive is the problem across the continent?

An 18-month long survey by Transparency International reveals there is much work to be done. After talking to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in Asia Pacific, the report found more than one in four people have paid a bribe when using a public service.
Continue reading “Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries”

India most corrupt Asian country, Vietnam second: Forbes

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The article goes on to praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘fight against corruption.

ANI  |  New Delhi  Last Updated at September 1, 2017 15:11 IST

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If the statistics furnished by the Transparency International (TI), an anti-corruption global civil society organisation, are anything to go by, India has a long way ahead to fulfil one of the many objectives as told by the current Indian government – defeating the malice of corruption.

A recent survey by the Transparency International states that India is the most corrupt country in Asia.

Depicting how pervasive the problem is across Asia, a list released by – Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries – says that India beats Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Myanmar, when it comes to bribery rate.

The article, which rates India the highest in the list with 69 per cent bribery rate, describes India as: “In five of the six public services – schools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility services – more than half the respondents have had to pay a

The article goes on to praise Prime Minister for his ‘fight against corruption’.

“However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against corruption has made a mark: 53 per cent of the people think he is going it fairly or very well. And it has led to people feeling empowered, as 63 per cent believe ordinary people can make a difference,” it adds.

India is closely followed by at 65 per cent bribery rate.

India’s neighbour, Pakistan, stands fourth in the list with 40 per cent bribery rate. The article describes the nation as: “In Pakistan, about three-fourths of respondents perceive most or all of the police to be corrupt. Of the people who encountered either the police or the courts, nearly seven in ten had to pay a Sadly, people don’t feel things can change-only a third think ordinary people can make a difference.”

The 18-month long survey by Transparency International was concluded after talking to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in the Asia Pacific.

The Berlin-based corruption watchdog had put India at rank 76 out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perception Index last year.

The country’s 2015 corruption perception score remained the same as 2014’s – 38/100 – showing lack of improvement.

According to figures published in March, 2017, while citizens of Pakistan were the most likely of any country to be asked for bribes in law and order institutions, for India the police bribery rate was 54 per cent and for a low 12 per cent.

India had the highest bribery rates of all the countries surveyed for access to public schools (58 per cent) and healthcare (59 per cent).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 14:59 IST

Vietnam protests over Chinese military drill in South China Sea

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Vietnam on Thursday opposed what it called a Chinese announcement of military exercises in the disputed South China Sea, disagreements over which have pushed tension between the neighbours to its highest in three years.

 
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/Files

China has appeared uneasy at Vietnam’s efforts to rally Southeast Asian countries over the busy waterway as well as at its neighbour’s growing defence ties with the United States, Japan and India.

In July, under pressure from Beijing, Vietnam suspended oil drilling in offshore waters that are also claimed by China.

Vietnam was deeply concerned about drills in the region of the Gulf of Tonkin, at the north end of the South China Sea, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement, but did not make clear what drills were being referred to. Continue reading “Vietnam protests over Chinese military drill in South China Sea”

Thai university removes student leader for defying royalist tradition

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Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony.

 
FILE PHOTO: Anti-junta activist Netiwit Chotipatpaisal speaks during an interview with Reuters at an office in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

BANGKOK: Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony.

But Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, 20, and the student council said they refused to accept the university order against him and four other members, and would appeal against the decision. Continue reading “Thai university removes student leader for defying royalist tradition”

Report: Cluster Munitions in Syria, Yemen Increase Civilian Casualties

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August 31, 2017 1:25 PM
  • Lisa Schlein

Civil defense members prepare to safely detonate cluster bombs in the rebel-held area in Deraa, Syria, July 26, 2017.

Civil defense members prepare to safely detonate cluster bombs in the rebel-held area in Deraa, Syria, July 26, 2017.

A report released ahead of next week’s U.N. conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions has condemned the continued use of cluster munitions by Syria and Yemen. They are the only two countries that still use the bombs, which are banned under international law. Continue reading “Report: Cluster Munitions in Syria, Yemen Increase Civilian Casualties”

Phát động cuộc thi ảnh Đối thoại với dòng sông lần thứ III – năm 2017

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MẠNG LƯỚI SÔNG NGÒI VIỆT NAM PHÁT ĐỘNG CUỘC THI ẢNH

ĐỐI THOẠI VỚI DÒNG SÔNG 2017:
“Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long – Giới trong quản trị tài nguyên nước”

Trong cộng đồng dân cư, phụ nữ luôn là một trong các đối tượng chịu tác động lớn nhất trước các thách thức từ gia tăng dân số hay các vấn đề môi trường. Tuy nhiên, vai trò của họ trong phát triển kinh tế – xã hội cũng như sự tham gia của người phụ nữ nói chung vào các vấn đề môi trường vẫn chưa được ghi nhận rõ nét, đặc biệt là tại Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long. Continue reading “Phát động cuộc thi ảnh Đối thoại với dòng sông lần thứ III – năm 2017”